The weekend’s events started with the King's Buildings Night Event (the 6th event in this season’s Fight with the Night series) on Friday 20 January. The terrain is a typical university campus, with complex buildings, paved areas, pathways, courtyards, gardens and dead ends. Underfoot it was mostly hard surfaces, with some grassy areas. Courses were gaffled, and gave plenty of route choice. The weather was chilly but fine.
ESOC results in the top half were:
Long (91 competitors) – Andrew Lindsay 13th, Rona Lindsay 26th, Terry Johnstone 41st, Mark Rowe 42nd
Short (60 competitors) – Rachel Brown 5th, Crawford Lindsay 12th, Sally Lindsay 17th, Maggie Scrugham 18th, Margaret Dalgleish 24th, Les Dalgleish 25th, Maja Robertson 28th, David Robertson 29th, Eleanor Pyrah 30th
Further details about the Fight With The Night series are on the FWTN page of the EUOC website.
The Edinburgh City Race took place on Saturday 21 January. This event was SOUL 1, the first event in this year’s Scottish Orienteering Urban League. The assembly area was in the splendid surroundings of George Heriot’s School, on Lauriston Place, with the luxury of indoor facilities and even a cake stall. Everyone had the same start, which was a short distance away at the back of the National Museum of Scotland. As usual, the terrain was varied, including university buildings around George Square, the flat grass of the Meadows, modern development in the Quartermile, the confusing multi-level Dumbiedykes, and narrow closes and steep steps of the Old Town. The courses were quite long, and physically challenging. Courses 1 to 3 had a very long leg right across the city centre to the north side of Calton Hill, and courses 1 to 4 had a tough leg to the final control, straight up the Vennel from the Grassmarket, with the finish back at Heriot’s.
The weather was sunny and bright.
ESOC prize-winners were Jim Clark, 1st in the Hypervet Men’s class; Janet Clark, 1st in Hypervet Women; Maja Robertson, 1st in Young Junior Women, and Rachel Brown, 3rd in Junior Women.
Other ESOC results in the top half were:
Open Men (75 competitors) – Andrew Lindsay 20th, Craig Nolan 34th
Open Women (71) – Rona Lindsay 13th, Gillian Martin 34th
Veteran Men 40+ (56) – Alistair Hindle 9th, Terry Johnstone 12th, Mark Wood 13th, Walter Clark 18th
Veteran Women 40+ (44) – Heather Thomson 2nd, Alison Cunningham 3rd, Helena Nolan 7th, Judy Bell 22nd
Supervet Men 55+ (45) – Martin Caldwell 11th, Keith Brown 13th, Crawford Lindsay 15th
Supervet Women 55+ (23) – Sally Lindsay 7th
Ultravet Men 65+ (32) – Roger Scrutton 4th, Ian Pyrah 7th, Alastair Lessells 13th, Les Dalgleish 16th
Ultravet Women 65+ (18) – Mary Williams 3rd, Margaret Dalgleish 5th, Anne Stevenson 8th, Katy Lessells 9th
Junior Men 16- (17) – David McPhillips 8th
Junior Women 16- (16) – Rachel Brown 3rd
Young Junior Women 12- (9) – Megan Brown 4th
Details of all this year’s SOUL events, and the league tables, are on the SOUL page of the Scottish Orienteering Association website.
A few ESOC members went to the ceilidh on Saturday evening, which was well-attended as usual, and as well as the dancing, there was an address to the haggis, the City Race prizegiving, and a raffle.
On Sunday 24 January, SoSOL 1 (the first South of Scotland Orienteering League event of 2017) was held in Holyrood Park. The assembly area was on the grass near Holyrood Palace, with the finish just across the road at the foot of Haggis Knowe, and there were two starts. White to Orange courses started near St Margaret’s Loch, while the longer courses had a high start, on Whinny Hill. There was an interesting combination of maps and scales, using the 1:5,000 Whinny Hill map, the 1:7,500 Holyrood Park map, and a 1:1,000 Salisbury Crags map for a micro-O section, with lots of controls very close together – a sudden contrast with the previous legs. All courses except Yellow and White had double-sided maps, and the longer courses had a map exchange just before the micro-O. The courses zig-zagged around the hill and into Meadowfiled Park too, where the Brown course included a control at the top of the spider’s web climbing frame! There was a lot of ascent, and some long legs with good route choice. Most courses had far more controls than usual.
The weather was dull and dreich, and it was damp underfoot in places, with very slippery rocks.
ESOC results in the top half were as follows:
Brown (83 competitors) – Craig Nolan 24th, Martin Quirke 33rd, Jim Martin 37th, Alistair Hindle 40th
Blue (100) – Heather Thomson 13th, Walter Clark 16th, Crawford Lindsay 18th, Keith Brown 22nd, Mark Wood 25th, David Nisbet 39th, Mark Rowe 40th
Green (97) – Alison Cunningham 3rd, Maggie Scrugham 22nd, Alastair Lessells 23rd, Martin Caldwell 28th, Les Dalgleish 33rd, Judy Bell 35th, Ben Bate 38th, Elspeth Bleakley 41st, Roger Scrutton 43rd, Sally Lindsay 44th, Hanne Robertson 48th
Short Green (51) – Jonathan Ellis 1st, Mary Williams 6th, Eleanor Pyrah 9th, Bill Stevenson 11th, Leonne Hutchinson 14th
Light Green (41) – Rachel Brown 1st, David McPhillips 4th
Orange (38) – Jamie Lawlor 2nd, Maja Robertson 3rd
Yellow (15) – Joseph Lawlor 6th
White (16) – Calum Robertson 3rd, Rowan Lawlor 6th
Full results and Routegadget for the weekend’s events are (or soon will be) available on the Edinburgh Big Weekend 2017 Results page.
More details about the weekend are on the Big Weekend page of the EUOC website, and the Big Weekend Facebook page.
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